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Basement waterproofing is a concept that most people don’t really think about until there is a problem. What would cause a homeowner to be concerned? Here are a few things that might make someone start to consider basement waterproofing:
- You might notice a small amount of water on the basement floor or a foundation wall – this is the most obvious clue, because you know that obviously should not be there.
- You could realize that each time you go down to the basement, there is an unmistakable musty smell. This happens nowhere else in the house, only in the basement. That smell is from mold, which is a result of moisture showing up somewhere.
- A clue that is often overlooked is when you see a white substance, sort of like fine crystals or even powder, on the concrete walls of your basement. This is called efflorescence. When water seeps through the wall, it dissolves salts that are inside the concrete. When the water gets to the inside of the wall, it evaporates but the salt is left on the surface where you can see it.
When these things suddenly happen, the first thought is, “I need to find out about basement waterproofing!” But in reality, what you are noticing is just the end result of the larger underlying problem. What you are seeing (the water, the smell of mustiness, the salty efflorescence on the walls, etc.) did not just happen suddenly. The problem has likely been building up for weeks or months on the outside of your foundation walls, and is now becoming noticeable to you on the inside. That’s usually when we get the call asking about basement waterproofing.
We offer our basement waterproofing services in Maryland: Rockville, Frederick, Silver Spring, Bethesda, Potomac, Chevy Chase and Columbia. We also offer our Basement Waterproofing in Virginia: Fairfax, Vienna, Falls Church, Arlington and Mclean.
Many times people will try to fix this problem themselves. This almost never works as a permanent solution, but most people figure it’s worth a try because it doesn’t cost very much. If you walk down the aisle of your local hardware (or one of the big “do it yourself” stores), you will see all kinds of sealants and coatings that offer the “complete” basement waterproofing solution. You could coat your entire basement walls and floor for less than $100 (depending on the total square footage). You might even be able to put on two coats.
However, we have yet to see any sealant that solves the problem long-term. As you apply one of these “basement waterproofing” sealants, you might see that the leak stops at that moment, and it might even seem to be fine for a while. However, the next time there is a heavy rain, or when the snow starts to melt, the leak will be back. The hydrostatic pressure of the water on the outside of the wall pushing in, or under the concrete floor slab pushing up, is just too great for a thin coat or two of sealer to hold it back for very long.
What you really need is a more comprehensive solution. True basement waterproofing requires fixing the problem at the source, not just at the place where the leak becomes visible. We have been doing basement waterproofing (both commercial and residential) for over 27 years, and we know that there are different solutions for different situations. When we come out to do an inspection, we will thoroughly analyze your basement and give you our professional estimate on what it will take to solve the problem (this includes not just waterproofing the inside, but also relieving the water pressure from the outside).
Basement Waterproofing in Maryland: Rockville, Frederick, Silver Spring, Bethesda, Potomac, Chevy Chase, Columbia, Gaithersburg, Ellicott City and Laurel. We also offer Basement Waterproofing in Virginia: Fairfax, Vienna, Falls Church, Arlington and Mclean.
Give us a call at 1-888-279-8819 for a free estimate.